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Shami hat-trick seals India World Cup win against Afghanistan

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India's Mohammed Shami (L) celebrates after the dismissal of Afghanistan's Aftab Alam during the 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage match between India and Afghanistan at the Rose Bowl in Southampton, southern England, on June 22, 2019. (Photo by SAEED KHAN / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

Mohammed Shami took a dramatic hat-trick to finally clinch a thrilling 11-run win over Afghanistan after the minnows threatened one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history in Southampton on Saturday.

Afghanistan, appearing at only their second World Cup, lost the toss but restricted India to 224 for eight in their 50 overs, giving themselves a genuine chance for a huge upset.

They were well set at 106-2 in the 29th over, even though the run-rate was starting to edge up, but two wickets in one over from paceman Jasprit Bumrah removed Rahmat Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi.

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Mohammad Nabi and Najibullah Zadran batted sensibly to keep their side in the hunt, but when Zadran was caught by Yuzvendra Chahal off Hardik Pandya, Afghanistan were 166-6 in the 42nd over.

Nabi was still there in the final over, with 16 required and drilled Shami’s first ball down the ground for four.

With an incredible triumph within touching distance, Nabi was caught by Pandya at long on two balls later.

Shami then clean-bowled Aftab Alam and Mujeeb Ur Rahman to seal a nerve-jangling win with a hat-trick.

“We bowled really well. We did well in batting, but credit to Bumrah for how he bowled in the last two or three overs,” frustrated Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib said.

“The total was not that much but you need 80s or 100s — 30 or 25s are not enough. 

“If you chase 250 then middle order batsmen should go longer and take responsibility.”

Earlier, an increasingly fraught India were furious when the umpire turned down a huge lbw shout at the start of the 29th over from Bumrah, who rapped Shah on the pads — Virat Kohli’s side had no reviews left.

Just three balls later Shah, on 36, top-edged a hook and Chahal took a fine low catch running in from fine leg, sending the massed ranks of flag-waving Indian supporters wild.

With his final ball of the over Bumrah turned the game sharply back in India’s direction when Shahidi could only offer up a simple caught-and-bowled chance and he departed for 21.

Bumrah — the world’s top-ranked one-day international bowler — finished with figures of 2 for 39 from his 10 overs, bowling superbly at the death. 

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Shami finished with figures of 4-40.

“When the captain has so much trust in you, it gives you a lot of confidence to express yourself. That helps me keep a clear head,” said man-of-the-match Bumrah.

“There was reverse swing, so you had to rely on your yorkers.”

– Tight Afghan attack –

Afghanistan have been the whipping boys of the tournament in England and Wales, often looking out of their depth against the more established teams.

Saturday’s match was only the third one-day international between the two teams and defeat for India would have been a major embarrassment despite last year’s tie in the Asia Cup.

India were on the back foot right at the start of the match when in-form opener Rohit Sharma, who has scored two hundreds so far in the tournament, was dismissed for just one by off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

The rest of India’s powerful top order all got established, with Kohli making 67 from 63 balls, but none went on to play a decisive innings for the two-time champions.

They hit just 16 boundaries — including only one six.

Off-spinner Mujeeb was particularly impressive, conceding just 26 runs in his 10 overs, while leg-spinner Rashid Khan bounced back from the most expensive spell in World Cup history against England to take 1-38.

Kohli, who scored half-centuries against Australia and Pakistan, reached his third consecutive fifty of the tournament off 48 balls, with four fours, but was caught by Shah off the bowling of Nabi.

Kedar Jadhav reached his fifty off 66 balls, giving the scorecard a look of respectability and the total ultimately proved just too much for Afghanistan.

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224/8 (50)
213/10 (49.5)
Lokesh Rahul c Hazratullah Zazai b Mohammad Nabi30532056.60
Rohit Sharma b Mujeeb Ur Rahman1100010.00
Virat Kohli c Rahmat Shah b Mohammad Nabi676350106.35
Vijay Shankar lbw b Rahmat Shah29412070.73
MS Dhoni st Ikram Alikhil b Rashid Khan28523053.85
Kedar Jadhav c Noor Ali Zadran b Gulbadin Naib52683176.47
Hardik Pandya c Ikram Alikhil b Aftab Alam790077.78
Mohammed Shami b Gulbadin Naib120050.00
Kuldeep Yadav not out1100100.00
Jasprit Bumrah not out1100100.00
Extras7 (b 0 , lb 0 , nb 0, w 7, pen 0)
Total224/8 (50 Overs, RR: 4.48)
Fall of Wickets 1-7 (4.2) Rohit Sharma, 2-64 (14.2) Lokesh Rahul, 3-122 (26.1) Vijay Shankar, 4-135 (30.3) Virat Kohli, 5-192 (44.3) MS Dhoni, 6-217 (48.4) Hardik Pandya, 7-222 (49.3) Mohammed Shami, 8-223 (49.5) Kedar Jadhav,
Mujeeb Ur Rahman1002612.60
Aftab Alam715417.71
Gulbadin Naib905125.67
Mohammad Nabi903323.67
Rashid Khan1003813.80
Rahmat Shah502214.40

Hazratullah Zazai b Mohammed Shami10241041.67
Gulbadin Naib c Vijay Shankar b Hardik Pandya27422064.29
Rahmat Shah c Yuzvendra Chahal b Jasprit Bumrah36633057.14
Hashmatullah Shahidi c & b Jasprit Bumrah21452046.67
 Asghar Afghan b Yuzvendra Chahal8190042.11
Mohammad Nabi c Hardik Pandya b Mohammed Shami52554194.55
Najibullah Zadran c Yuzvendra Chahal b Hardik Pandya21232091.30
Rashid Khan st MS Dhoni b Yuzvendra Chahal14161087.50
Ikram Alikhil not out7100070.00
Aftab Alam b Mohammed Shami01000.00
Mujeeb Ur Rahman b Mohammed Shami01000.00
Extras17 (b 4 , lb 4 , nb 0, w 9, pen 0)
Total213/10 (49.5 Overs, RR: 4.27)
Fall of Wickets 1-20 (6.3) Hazratullah Zazai, 2-64 (16.5) Gulbadin Naib, 3-106 (28.4) Rahmat Shah, 4-106 (28.5) Hashmatullah Shahidi, 5-130 (34.6)  Asghar Afghan, 6-166 (41.3) Najibullah Zadran, 7-190 (45.4) Rashid Khan, 8-213 (49.3) Mohammad Nabi, 9-213 (49.4) Aftab Alam, 10-213 (49.5) Mujeeb Ur Rahman,
Mohammed Shami9.514044.21
Jasprit Bumrah1013923.90
Yuzvendra Chahal1003623.60
Hardik Pandya1015125.10
Kuldeep Yadav1003903.90